What is Early Years?

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?

The Early Years is the name that we give all phases between birth and the end of the reception year. You may hear it being called the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage).

At OSPA our Early years has three phases: Preschool for 2 year olds, Nursery or F1 for 3/4 year olds and Reception or F2 for 4/5 year olds.

When children leave the EYFS they are referred to as Key Stage One.  Key stage One has two phases: Year One for 5/6 year olds and Year two for 6/7 year olds.

When your child leaves Year 2 they are referred to as Key Stage Two. Key Stage Two has four phases: Year 3 for 7/8 year olds, Year 4 for 8/9 year olds, Year 5 for 9/10 year olds and Year 6 for 10/11 year olds.

When your child leaves the school and goes into Year 7 they are referred to as Key Stage 3.

In the Early Years we firmly believe that children learn when they are happy and interested. Play underpins all that we do during these three phases of school life.

Below are some links to some useful documents relevant to the EYFS:

This document is used to assess where children are now and what they need to do next in order to make progress.

This document is written for families.  You can look at what your children should be doing and it offers practical advice on how to support them further.

https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2017/03/EYFS_STATUTORY_FRAMEWORK_2017.pdf This document is a legal requirement for any early years provider. It provides our end of EYFS goals and staffing ratios, safeguarding requirements etc.